Many of today’s established Tennessee wedding caterers have experience in nearly all aspects of wedding planning, so it’s no surprise that they often are happy to provide additional services to brides and grooms. The only problem? Not many couples know or remember to ask about these options! I chatted with Michael Blanchard of Gibson Girls Southern Goodies at Adelaide’s late last month about these additional services, and he was happy to provide some very helpful commentary on the matter! Read on for five great options your caterer may provide – besides the reception meal.
1. A scrumptious, fabulously baked and decorated wedding cake.
Brides are often surprised and relieved to discover that their wedding caterer has been creating impressive wedding cakes for many years too, in addition to providing amazing food choices. While not all catering companies can provide this service, still others have thrived in the cake business for years. Gibson Girls Southern Goodies at Adelaide’s is one such caterer. Many catering companies also have experience doing specialty desserts as an alternative to the groom’s cake. Michael details that their most popular option is shot-glass desserts as the groom’s choice!
2. A venue – and everything you’ll need to serve your meal at your event.
If your wedding caterer has a restaurant, he or she may very well be able to accommodate a small wedding right there. For instance, with Gibson Girls Southern Goodies at Adelaide’s, up to 250 guests can be hosted on the property when using a tent on the lawn, with 75 able to fit inside the building itself. As for what you’ll need to serve your guests, this may include the tables, linens, chairs, and whole place settings with china, silverware, and glassware. Since so many wedding caterers have been in the business for years, many have stocked up on breathtaking pieces for each guest’s place setting. Simply ask!
3. Elegant foods for all celebrations surrounding your big day.
Don’t settle for impeccable food and service just on your wedding day! Your wedding caterer would likely love to help you make each celebration around your wedding day special, too. Think of asking for their assistance at your engagement party, bridal showers, rehearsal dinner, and even bridal luncheon! You won’t be disappointed by the results – or the memories.
4. Guest favors and welcome baskets!
Does your wedding caterer prepare gifts or baskets for delivery? Check and see! For example, at Gibson Girls Southern Goodies at Adelaide’s, they prepare homemade jams that brides love to give to guests as favors, as well as hand-dipped caramel apples and popcorn. Many caterers prep holiday baskets for gifts as well, which could substitute as a welcome basket for out-of-town guests. This would allow them to sample tons of local, yummy items to snack on during their stay. Again, these options may not be available with your wedding caterer, but it never hurts to ask. Remember to check with your caterer about bride and groom to-go boxes for you to eat after you leave the reception too, since you likely will spend most of the time being hugged during dinner!
5. Event styling and coordination.
Your event contact through your wedding caterer may have many talents when it comes to helping you design your day – past just the catering tables! He or she may be very experienced in overall design and coordination at weddings, and he or she may even be able to direct the ceremony and reception. Check and see!
Gibson Girls Southern Goodies at Adelaide’s prides itself on providing delicious foods and goodies of the Old South for your every event. Using tried-and-true family recipes passed down through generations, Gibson Girls will wow your guests with an amazing variety of scrumptious goodies you’ll never forget. Adelaide’s is actually a beautiful Southern landmark settled in Kingston, Tennessee, overlooking the Appalachian Mountains.
Gibson Girls Southern Goodies at Adelaide’s is renowned for its gorgeous designer wedding cakes and other baked goods, and the whole team would love to help you make your wedding day and catering experience as flawless as possible. Give them a call today at (865) 376-0150, and be sure to visit their website and Facebook page, too. Tell Michael that The Pink Bride sent you!
Photos courtesy of the Gibson Girls Facebook page.